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On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: August 15, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Just like a loving parent who sometimes nags a child into action to change or to do good. So does our loving heavenly Father who sends His prophets to us. But soon enough as we continue to shut our ears, the loving call to repentance will stop. We will answer for our continued sins against Him and our brethren.

Hoarding the wealth of the world for ourselves brings us neither peace nor joy. What good is shortlived happiness if it robs us of our Heavenly inheritance?

The more we let go of from our hands, give of ourselves to the Lord and our brethren; the more we receive from Him. That which is invaluable and the wealth of the world cannot purchase.

Lord Jesus in You I have everything. Amen

First Reading
Ezekiel 24:15-24

The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows, ‘Son of man, at a blow I am about to deprive you of the delight of your eyes. But you are not to lament, not to weep, not to let your tears run down. Groan in silence, do not go into mourning for the dead, knot your turban round your head, put your sandals on your feet, do not cover your beard, do not eat the usual food.’ I told this to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening, and the next morning I did as I had been ordered. The people then said to me, ‘Will you not explain what meaning these actions have for us?’ I replied, ‘The word of Yahweh has been addressed to me as follows, “Say to the House of Israel, the Lord Yahweh says this: I am about to profane my sanctuary, the pride of your strength, the delight of your eyes, the joy of your hearts. Your sons and daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword. Then you will do as I have done: you will not cover your beards or eat the usual food; you will keep your turbans on your heads and your sandals on your feet; you will not lament or weep but will waste away for your crimes, groaning among yourselves. Thus Ezekiel is a sign for you. You will do exactly what he has done. And when this happens, you will know that I am Lord Yahweh!”

Matthew 19;16-22

And now a man came to him and asked, ‘Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is one alone who is good. But if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus replied, ‘These: You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery You shall not steal. You shall not give false witness. Honour your father and your mother. You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these. What more do I need to do?’ Jesus said, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go and sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ But when the young man heard these words he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.